Jaco Taute has announced his retirement from professional rugby.
The South African international joined Leicester Tigers from Munster ahead of the 2019/20 season and made 19 appearances in three seasons.
Taute represented Super Rugby sides the Lions and Stormers before moving to Limerick in 2016.
He made his senior Test debut in 2012 for the Springboks after previously representing his home nation at Under-20 age-grade level.
Speaking about the decision to retire, Taute said: “I will forever be grateful for the memories, friendships and experiences I've shared with my teammates who have in turn become lifelong friends.”
“To everybody who played a part in my journey whatever the size from my alma mater, various inspirational coaches, trainers, surgeons and medical staff, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to live in Limerick and Leicester and play the sport I love. I've learnt valuable life lessons and I can't thank the various organisations enough.
“My career has been filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows, without the support of my friends, family and die-hard supporters I would not have been able to keep on pursuing my dream of playing professional rugby.
“It was an honour and privilege to represent the various clubs and to play a small part in their journey. I will cherish the shared memories for a very long time.”